Are You Serious About Reaching Your Goals?
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Have you set goals for yourself? If you’re like many people, you might have set a few goals back at the beginning of the year to lose weight, pay down debt, learn a new skill, or get in better shape. It seems most of us set goals, but are you really committed to reaching the goals you’ve set for yourself?
One way to answer that question is to look at your progress. Have you achieved your goals? Are you on your way? Are you even keeping track of your progress? Franklin Roosevelt once said:
“To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.”
If you’re having little success at reaching your goals, ask yourself this: are you sailing toward those goals, or staying tied at anchor? Are you sailing toward those goals, or simply drifting along, hoping they’ll come to pass? If you’re not satisfied with your progress, maybe you’re not sailing.
Reaching Your Goals Means Driving Yourself to Go Above and Beyond
Often times we fail to reach our goals because we don’t have a plan in place to achieve them, or because we’ve not carried out that plan. Sometimes we do have a plan but fail to carry it out because of fear. Sometimes our plan for reaching the goal isn’t the right plan. And sometimes we fail to reach our goals because it’s simply not a big enough priority in our lives.
How serious are you about your reaching goals? As we work toward debt freedom in our house, I’ve learned a couple of things about what it takes to actually get free of our debt.
How Big is Your Goal?
Paying off debt is a BIG goal for us. It’s a large mountain that we have to climb. We knew we needed to make the commitment to stick through it for the long haul, no matter how much time it takes, in order for us to succeed. That means that through the ups and downs, through the failures and successes, we always choose to keep going.
There have been many times throughout this last year and a half that I’ve woke up with it set in my mind that I am quitting. But when push comes to shove, I remember the importance of obtaining this goal that my family and I have, and I choose to keep striving toward our goal instead of choosing to give up. This is the difference between reaching goals and not reaching goals.
The second thing I’ve learned is that there will be bumps in the road. Roadblocks will come that will tempt you to give up on your goals. If you’re working toward debt freedom, you’ll have unexpected bills. If you’re working toward a health goal, you’ll have those days where you eat WAY too much ice cream. At that point, when the roadblocks come, or when you’ve made a mistake that causes a setback, you have a choice: you can let the roadblock take you down, or you can get up and keep going.
When I used to run, the practices and the race days would always go the same way; I’d start out pumped up and excited about conquering my goal for the day. Then, about half way in, I’d be bored silly, my mind wandering about all the other things I could be doing that would be so much more “fun”. Three quarters of the way in I’d start to get tired and seriously consider giving up, wondering why on earth I was “torturing” myself in this manner. But when I pushed through to the finish line, it was the best feeling ever. Knowing that I had set – and achieved – my running goals gave me confidence that would help me achieve my next goal, whatever it was. Choosing to push your goals through to completion has that effect.
Any goal worth achieving will likely not be an easy one. There will be setbacks in all forms that will come to try and convince you that you can’t reach your goal. Your job is to show them they’re wrong and to show those setbacks that you can indeed reach your goal.
What goals did you set for yourself this year? How are you doing at achieving them? What successes have you seen? If you’re not making progress, what’s one thing you can do to change that?
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